Is it time to find your dress, but you aren't sure where to begin? This is the process we use to narrow down what every bride will love in their perfect dress. Remember, this should be fun! Not stressful. Let us do the work for you <3
1: Be open minded
Have you already been dreaming about a gown? Have you tried on something like it yet? Did you like it on yourself? Do you have your heart set on something, but keep trying on that type of gown without finding "The One"? Is there any silhouette that you have completely ruled out without even trying it on? This is important, because 95% of the brides who walk through our doors end up with something completely different than what they thought they were going to want. Many brides are unaware what silhouette might better flatter their figure and help them to feel confident. Every bride has one thing that she wants to enhance, and one thing she wants to detract from. They quickly start talking about these key points in an appointment, and we can be guided on what type of gown will give her what she wants. Our goal at the end of every appointment is to help her feel beautiful. That's it. Being open minded will help you get there.
2: What is Your Body Type?
Both gowns and women come in all shapes and sizes. Here is a guide that might help you know which silhouette can fit you best. It's all about how YOU feel in the gown. So no rule is set in stone.
APPLE: A-line, Ballgown
CURVY: A-line, Ballgown, Trumpet, Mermaid, Fit & Flare, Sheath
PEAR: A-line, Ballgown, Trumpet, Mermaid, Fit & Flare, Sheath
TRIANGLE: A-line, Ballgown, Trumpet, Mermaid
STRAIGHT: A-line, Ballgown, Trumpet, Mermaid, Fit & Flare, Sheath
3: Fabric & Details
Based on the silhouette you have chosen, you can determine the fabric and details.
Tight or Flowy? Soft, Stretchy or Firm? Beaded or Plain? Matte or Shiny finish? Long or short train? Strapless or Sleeves? Sweetheart or Boatneck? Zipper, Buttons, or Corset?
These details are best decided when trying on gowns. Putting them on will help you to determine what you love.
Finding your dress is going to be a very memorable experience. Make it the best that it can be by being prepared. We wish you the best in your wedding gown search!
About 99% of the brides that walk through our doors have a vision in their mind of the type of gown they are dreaming about. Most will have pictures or Pinterest boards. We excitedly review the pictures and talk about the most important features. Sleeves or no sleeves? Lace or no lace? Sparkle? How much sparkle? Most are dreaming about an elaborate gown in one way or another. Many show us gorgeous gowns like these below covered in exquisite hand tacked lace, fully embellished with elaborate hand beading, or simple but high end materials such as Meghan Markle's wedding gown. Then comes the question. This is a very important question, and not for the reason you might think.
"How much are you planning on investing in your gown?
2. You want a unique gown right? For this reason wedding gowns are manufactured differently than any other retail or clothing item. They are not made in bulk. They are most often only made to order with little or no stock on hand. It is not profitable for a designer to over stock wedding gowns.
3. Do you see that amazing lace and beading? Every bit of it was hand placed so it would fit the gown just perfectly for you. Countless hours of experience went into being able to make your gown look like this. Isn't that amazing?! Beading that is well done will NOT be crochet. Low priced bead gowns will be very likely to have crochet beading which can unravel. Low priced lace gowns likely have low end lace.
This video is showing our amazing designer Belfaso as they create a gown. From the sketching to the finishing touches, we hope you enjoy experiencing the work that goes into these pieces of art.
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As you can see, a well made gown is well worth the investment! It goes along with the old saying, "You get what you pay for". So what is realistic? It depends on several factors. Here are some things to consider.
1. How embellished is it? (Lot's of beading or lace applique adds to the hand hours.)
2. How many layers of fabric are there? (The more fabric, the higher the investment and hand hours.)
3. How long is the train? (This adds to the cost of materials and hand hours.)
4. What kind of lace is on it? (Certain laces are worth more than others as they are harder to make.)
5. What type of fabric is it made of? (High end fabrics are expensive, and well worth it for the quality! Keep in mind that a dress looking simple does not mean inexpensive. Meghan Markle's dress was reportedly $135,000. Don't worry though. We don't carry anything nearly that high :).)
6. Is the gown constructed well with boning or inner structure? (Structured gowns require highly skilled seamstresses.)
7. Who is the designer? (Designers that are well known and have made a name for themselves will often be more expensive.)
8. Where was the gown made? (There are low end factories and high end factories. It is important to us to know that our gowns are made in fair working environments with NO tolerance for child labor or poor working conditions. We work with designers who share in our belief that the seamstresses of these gowns should be fairly compensated.)
At Malmrose Bridal we carry gowns from $799 to $3000. The list above should help you to determine how much work must go into the gown you are dreaming about. When creating a budget for your gown, take into consideration what is most important to you. If saving money is your absolute most important factor, then adjust accordingly. If your dream gown is something you can't let go of, then it is worth saving for and worth investing in! Because it is an investment. You are buying a unique piece of art that many people put their hearts into creating just for the perfect bride. Just for YOU!
I hope this is helpful to you as you prepare, search for your dream gown and understand why wedding gowns cost what they do. We proudly do NOT pay on commissions or based on sales. For this reason our consultants are only motivated to find you the perfect gown with your budget respected.
Many Blessings to you and yours!
If you are exploring wedding gown styles, then let your venue be your guide. The location of your wedding can influence its overall theme, the weather you can expect, and the overall atmosphere of your Big Day.
At Malmrose Bridal, we are always excited to help brides find the perfect dress. Depending on the venue you choose, here is what we suggest:
Traditional Church Ceremony
A church wedding calls for a more traditional dress. Modesty is a must, but you can still make a statement. Consider a sweeping ball gown with a flirtatious illusion neckline, stunning beading, delicate embroidery...or all of the above!
If your wedding will be in a vineyard, then your dress should be a mix of modern romance and vintage embellishments. Keyhole backs, cute ruffles, soft pastels, and delicate lace all perfectly suit a vineyard bride. We suggest an A-line or trumpet-style silhouette with a charming sweetheart neckline.
Gorgeous Seaside Paradise
For beach weddings, choose an easy, breezy, and lovely dress. Light fabrics like tulle or chiffon will keep you comfortable in tropical temperatures and drift prettily in the seaside breeze. Also, if you need to pack your dress in a suitcase, discuss travel-ready options with your bridal shop.
Sophisticated Urban Loft
If you are planning an urban industrial wedding, then the perfect dress is sleek and clean. All of the drama should be in its architectural structure and artistic neckline. You can also introduce a little more shine with the right piece of jewelry.
Glamorous Hotel Ballroom
When your venue is glitzy, gorgeous, and attention-grabbing, you need a gown that pops. This setting calls for heavy bling and unusual design. We recommend a strapless option that flatters your curves and flares out into a sparkling mermaid skirt.
Enchanting Garden or Park
For an outdoor garden wedding, you need a dress that is ethereal, romantic, and whimsical. Lace is always a good choice, as is any playful, flowing fabric. Consider an airy empire waist gown with floral details.
Find Your Dream Dress Today!
While your venue might hint at your style and offer a good starting point for your wedding gown search, you might be surprised by the dress that makes you feel amazing. Book a bridal appointment at Malmrose Bridal and explore our selection of stunning designer gowns.
When you travel to a new country, it helps to know a little of the local language. The same is true when you enter the world of bridal salons. At Malmrose Bridal, we are fluent in wedding fashion, so we’re always happy to serve as your guide. Here are a few need-to-know phrases that will make your search for your dream dress so much simpler!
The Structure of a Wedding Dress
Bodice: The portion of the dress that hugs the bride’s torso. This describes everything above the waist except for the sleeves.
Bustle: The bustle gathers up a long skirt after the wedding ceremony, making it easy to dance the night away at the reception.
Details: Beautiful decorations that give your gown its own unique style.
Embellishment: Glamorous details like beading, embroidery, sequins, gems, and more.
Neckline: The cut of a gown at or below the neck, which frames the bride’s face and flatters her figure.
Hemline: The length of your gown, which ranges from traditional floor-length designs to chic, shorter options.
Silhouette: The overall shape of the gown.
Train: The long back part of a skirt that trails majestically behind the bride.
Waistline: Where the wedding gown’s skirt meets the bodice. The waistline brings shape and balance to a dress.
A-Line: A flattering silhouette that is fitted on top with a skirt that flares out in a triangular “A” shape.
Ball Gown: Think Cinderella! This beautiful silhouette is fitted in the bodice and features a wide, bell-shaped skirt.
Fit-N-Flare: A lovely silhouette that flares out at or below the hips and is perfect for dancing.
Mermaid: Want to show off your curves? This gorgeous silhouette tightly hugs the figure, then become fuller beneath the knee like a mermaid’s tail.
Sheath: Light, airy, and romantic, the sheath silhouette lightly skims the body and falls straight to the floor.
Common Wedding Gown Details
Corset: A boned, tightly-fitting garment that accentuates a bride’s figure.
Draping: The artful arrangement of voluminous, flowing fabric.
Embroidery: Decoration that is made with patterns of thread.
Pleating: A distinctive pattern created from the folds of the dress’s fabric.
Tiered Skirt: A skirt made up of layered fabric of different lengths.
Ready to Try On Your Perfect Dress?
Now that you know the lingo, it is time to start your search for the dress of your dreams. When you visit Malmrose Bridal, your personal consultant will help you choose from a beautiful selection of over 300 gowns. Book your bridal appointment today!
At Malmrose Bridal, we want all of our brides to come in excited to find their dream dress, but we understand that shopping for wedding gowns can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few tips that will help you make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime experience:
Do A Little Research...
Flip through bridal magazines, go on Pinterest, and check out bridal boutiques’ photo galleries. What kind of dresses do you like best? Modest? Sexy? Chic? Also, keep your wedding’s location in mind. A ceremony on the beach calls for different fabrics and styles than one in a candlelit cathedral.
...But Keep an Open Mind!
Brides who fall in love with a dress they found online are often disappointed when they try it on. Meanwhile, a gown that doesn’t draw your attention right away may just be “The One.” Try on dresses that are a little out of the box, rather than chasing the latest fashion trends.
Find the Perfect Bridal Salon
When it’s finally time to gather your loved ones and start trying on wedding gowns, you deserve better than one disinterested employee and a rack of crumpled dresses. Choose a bridal salon that offers a full bridal experience, with a large selection of gowns, a personal consultant, and a cozy atmosphere.
Focus on the Fit, Not the Number
Wedding dresses run two to three sizes higher than a dress you would find in a store. Choose a gown that fits you comfortably during all stages of the wedding, from your graceful walk down the aisle to shimmying on the dance floor. Even if you are hoping to lose a couple of pounds before your Big Day, it’s better to have a dress that runs a little big and can be taken in.
Set a Budget (Before You Fall in Love)
Don’t feel heartbroken when you find the right dress only to find out that it’s the wrong price. Before you try on your first gown, talk about who will be buying the dress and what is a comfortable budget. Additionally, be ready for costs that go beyond the initial price tag, such as tax, shipping, and alterations.
Choose a Dress that You Adore
Your mother, maid of honor, and best friend aren’t walking down the aisle, so don’t let their preferences stop you from picking a dress that you feel amazing in. If an opinionated entourage has shaken your confidence in “The One,” then try on a veil. Can you picture yourself walking down the aisle? If the answer is “yes,” then you have found your perfect wedding dress!
Are you ready to discover your perfect gown? Explore the 300 exclusive designer wedding dresses available at Malmrose Bridal, where you can enjoy a personalized bridal experience. Book your appointment today!
In that magical place in the back of a Brides mind, she has an image of who will see her walk out in that perfect gown. One person will gasp... Another will tear up... "This is the one!!!!" says another. Ten other people are cheering you on as you dazzle the room.
Please allow me to be honest about this vision. It is beautiful!! I wish this was how it usually played out.. If I can be so bold as to hopefully help you prevent this scenario. This is more like what I have witnessed on many many occasions.
The bride has a large audience. It has taken over most of the store. It's a bit tight everywhere they go. They have planned an entire day of Bridal Shop hopping where she will try on over 30 gowns. By her last stop she is drained and overwhelmed. Even gowns that she thought she loved have started to blend together and now she can't quite remember them. Even in the pictures she took.. which one did she like the most?? She is in the changing room with her bridal consult getting into a gown that she is loving!! Excited, she steps out not making it obvious that this is her favorite. The comments start. One person says they don't like it. Another loves it! Another comments about the way it fits. Another on the color vrs the dress she tried on three dresses ago because she liked that one better. More often than not, having this many people creates an atmosphere that she no longer feels like she is in control of her own dream dress, and at that moment she decides not to get her perfect dress because the comments made about it were unforgettable. Was there anything wrong with this gown?? No. Even the comments made seemed innocent to those saying them, but now deflated she still doesn't have a gown after a full day of shopping.
A sad story, but true. Not every scenario will play out exactly like that, but I have seen so many to that degree. We are often asked why we request 3 or less people in your group. This is the biggest reason. Of course we don't want anybody to feel left out, but the bride is absolutely the person and who's opinion matters the most. Your dress should embody your most perfect version of yourself in YOUR eyes. Your gown should make YOU feel the most beautiful you have ever felt. Not any other person's opinion matters if that is how you feel.
I'll add to this that there may be occasions where you just can't leave anybody out. We do understand. For that reason we offer our After Hours Bridal Suite so your group won't be competing with any others for space. This creates a lighter atmosphere and one on one attention for a better experience when you have a big party.
Welcome to the bridal box!